Camp Invention, is a national summer enrichment day camp program, is coming to Mount Airy Middle School the week of Aug. 10.
The weeklong day camp for students entering grades one through six “fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills,” according to information released by the schools.
This will be the second year the school has hosted the camp.
“We are exposing the children to STEM career paths” said Chief Academic and Innovation Officer Kim Morrison. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a multi-disciplinary approach popular in education at present.
The camp also incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum, said Annie Miller, communications coordinator for Invent Now.
“Teachers and kids have to be the engineers during this camp,” said Morrison.
Three teachers will be teaching the camp this year — Sheila Chase, Kelly Johnson and Adrian Murchand.
“With three women teachers we are hoping to encourage more girls to participate in the camp, and show them women can have careers in math and science,” Morrison said.
Camp Invention students “experience winning, success and victory, along with an adrenaline rush that comes with competition among students and successful completion of challenging projects,” according to Miller.
Camp Invention provides an opportunity “for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to. through real-world problem-solving challenges, they build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology and much more,” she said.
“Many times, the students are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning and developing new skills.” said Miller.
This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Illuminate.
Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation.
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